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Feb. 8, 2012

In This Issue
The Current
Save the Date
Regulatory Update
The Connection
The Static


The Short 

ACE AVIONICS INC. has re-located its avionics repair station from La Grande, Ore., to Lake Havasu City, Ariz., to be closer to family. This leaves its avionics facility and its well-established customer base available for an upstart or satellite repair station. Details of its facility can be found at www.aceavionics.com/hangar.

DALLAS AVIONICS INC. announced a product line expansion from MID-CONTINENT INSTRUMENTS. Mid-Continent Instruments' new products include the MD15 and MD25 series airspeed indicators, 4200 and 4300 series attitude indicators, 3300 series directional gyros and its full line of clocks, CDIs and turn coordinators.

EDMO DISTRIBUTORS  announced its new location in S�o Paulo, Brazil, is celebrating its one-year anniversary. EDUARDO GRIEBLER, the founding partner and CEO of EDMO South America, has 25 years experience in the aviation industry and was formerly co-owner of a reputable instrument sales and service company in Brazil.

ELLIOTT AVIATION  announced the addition of MIKE FETCKO as avionics manager to the Elliott Aviation team in the Quad Cities.

After more than a decade with PRO STAR AVIATION LLC and more than 40 years in the industry, BERND MUNZENMAYER "Munzie" has decided to divest his shares of Pro Star and step into a new role as a senior sales advisor for Pro Star. 

TRIG AVIONICS was awarded FAA TSO C166b certification for its TT31 and TT22 1090ES ADS-B Out transponders. This is a major milestone reflecting Trig's achievement in demonstrating higher standards of software and equipment compliance as part of the FAA's NextGen Airspace initiative. NextGen requires all aircraft to operate with certified ADS-B Out equipment by 2020.

UNIVERSAL AVIONICS SYSTEMS CORP. has partnered with Air Training International Ltd. (ATI) to provide future air navigation system (FANS) operational training for UniLink UL-800/801 airborne datalink system. Universal Avionics has committed to provide guidance for its customers during the FANS operational approval process, and this unique collaboration with ATI will help operators meet the necessary training requirements.


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General Aviation:

A State-by-State 

Economic Impact Survey 


The Alliance for Aviation Across America recently launched a wide-scale economic impact survey to outline the benefit of general aviation on businesses, local economies and communities around the nation. AEA Wired will highlight a different state each issue:




Airports: 112

Pilots: 27,000

Aircraft: 6,035

Jobs: 4,247

Econ. Impact: $6 Billion

Per Capita: $492



Source: Alliance for Aviation Across America



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Regulatory Leadership Panel to Address AEA Convention 

Full line-up of speakers will cover international regulatory topics


In addition to more than 75 hours of FAA-recognized training classes available at the upcoming AEA Convention & Trade Show, April 3-6, in Washington, D.C., the AEA announced confirmed speakers include John Hickey, FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety; Dorenda Baker, Director, Aircraft Certification Service; Earl Lawrence, Manager, Small Airplane Directorate; Kim Smith, Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate; Steve Douglas, Acting Manager, Aircraft Maintenance Division; Bruce DeCleene, Manager, Avionics Systems Branch; and Tim Shaver, Branch Manager, Avionics Maintenance Branch. Invited Transport Canada Civil Aviation speakers include Martin Eley, Director General; and Jeffrey Phipps, Chief, Operational Airworthiness (AARTM) Standards Branch. More...


Hawker Beechcraft Names Steve Miller CEO

Hawker Beechcraft recently appointed Robert S. "Steve" Miller as CEO. Former CEO, Bill Boisture, will remain as chairman of its operating subsidiary, Hawker Beechcraft Corp.

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Next Step: The White House; Congress Passes FAA Reauthorization Bill

Association Urges President Obama to Sign Bill Immediately 


After nearly five years and 23 short-term continuing resolutions, Congress has approved a four-year, $63 billion Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization package. The FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act passed by a 75-20 vote in the U.S. Senate Monday, Feb. 6, after being approved by the House of Representatives by a 248-169 vote Friday, Feb. 3. It now moves to President Obama's desk for signature.



Rotorcraft Forum Recap

On Thursday, Feb. 2, more than 70 general aviation industry leaders and regulatory executives concluded a successful 2 �-day avionics rotorcraft forum at the AEA International Headquarters.

Participants discussed the challenges and opportunities in the certification and installation of new avionics technologies in the rotorcraft market, and the forum opened the lines of communications between industry and the Federal Aviation Administration's Rotorcraft Directorate.

Links to presentations made at the forum are available online in both PowerPoint and PDF format. Visit www.aea.net/events/rotorcraft to view the material online. More...

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AEA Launches Members-Only Forum

On Monday, Feb. 6, the Aircraft Electronics Association launched an exclusive online forum for its members. The forum is a new, members-only benefit created by the AEA Programs and Member Services Committee.


The AEA Forum provides new opportunities for communication between members, associate members and the AEA staff. It is another free resource to help AEA members share news, ideas and information and request technical assistance from industry peers.

"With the speed of change in the avionics industry, having access to the latest information can give you the edge in the marketplace, and the AEA is excited to offer yet another free resource for its members to help gain that edge," said Mike Adamson, AEA vice president of member programs and education. "In the new AEA Forum, members can ask technical questions, share industry best practices and ultimately build a knowledge database that will enhance every user's expertise."

Topics for discussion include regulatory and certification issues; installation and troubleshooting items; as well as general discussion topics about all things avionics, instruments and AEA-related.

To access the AEA forum, members must login with their web account username and password at forum.aea.net.

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March 5-9, 2012

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A week-long course divided into training modules designed for start-up repair stations as well as mature operations looking to improve their understanding of the regulations, performing internal audits and editing repair stations manuals.

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